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Tom Long

It has been a blessing from the Lord to have our Awana program in person for this year. Last summer, the Awana Board had been meeting and praying over what this year would look like and if we would have Awana on Tuesday nights. We wanted to seek God's wisdom and will and with direction from the Church Board and our leaders, and it was clear that the Lord was opening the door for in-person Awana this year. Awana is very different this year compared to previous years: small groups are socially distanced, no formal game time, masks are required at all times, temperatures are taken, no events with food, adapted parent nights, and parents drop and pick-up at the entrance. With these adaptations and with the Lord's provision, we have had a wonderful Awana year for His glory. Understandably, the number of clubbers is lower, although we do offer an Awana at Home option where parents and clubbers can watch the large group online and complete their books at home. We have seen many blessings at Awana. Children are putting their faith in Christ as their Lord and Savior. Our Awana club extends the Gospel beyond the church as more than half of our clubbers attend somewhere other than The Orchard or no church at all. We are totally dependent upon the Lord as we finish up the year and pray for his protection and provision for all our clubbers, families, and volunteer leaders and more importantly, that His Spirit will continue to move in our clubs as we strive to finish our year strongly. All praise to the Lord for His goodness, blessings, love and mercy.